In an unusual move, Hawker Beechcraft has begun official negotiations with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) on a new contract, a year before the existing contract was set to expire. The Wichita, Kan., manufacturer had been pushing the union to make an early return to the bargaining table, citing a challenging economic environment and the possible need to move most work out of Wichita to cut costs. But the IAM initially held off, saying the union ...

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